Innocents abroad in the Imperial City

By |July 17th, 2013|

(Washington, D.C.)  From the first panoramic overview of Washington during the descent into Reagan National Airport one is reminded of how varied are the ways in which we can look at and think about the Great City and the nation of which it is the Capital. […]

Ethicist: World doesn't need more Americans

By |May 22nd, 2013|

“The last thing the world needs is more Americans,” asserted population-control advocate and global-warming worrier Phillip Cafaro in an Issue Monday debate at CCU on May 13.

“No, the best thing the world could have is more Americans,” rejoined his opponent, energy expert and space scientist Robert Zubrin.

The exchange went hot (with heavy CO2 emissions from both debaters) and heavy from there for 90 minutes. […]

Earth Day—Propagandists Run Amok

By |April 26th, 2013|

The first Earth Day in 1970 came to pass with a plethora of statements from the usual alarmist suspects (e.g., Paul Ehrlich, Dennis Hayes, U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, et al) that, in hindsight, should make any sane person laugh out loud. The fact making these a lot less funny is that similarly outrageous statements are being made today by the likes of Al Gore & Co. A sampling of the 1970 stuff appears at the end of this commentary.

The fatal fault underlying much said by these disciples of Thomas Malthus is their apparent ignorance of history. […]

What ails American Christians? Another view

By |April 24th, 2013|

Editor: After we reprinted the Rod Dreher article, “Sex After Christianity,” Centennial Fellow Brad Hughes offered this penetrating analysis of the same problem—the hollowing out of the church in the USA—from a different angle.

It is secularism, not sexuality, that has seduced the saints and threatens to destroy America from within. America is following the path already traveled by Europe, the bastion of secularism. […]

Australia, Empire, and the Deeper Exceptionalism

By |March 18th, 2013|

(Sydney) Ranking sixth among the world’s geographical behemoths—behind Russia, Canada, China, United States, and Brazil—Australia at 2.9 million square miles is almost identical in size and similar in shape to America’s original forty-eight states.

Very sparsely populated like neighboring New Zealand Australia’s population of twenty–two million is smaller than Texas. By reason of limited access to scarce water resources 90% of Australians are concentrated on just 2.6% of the country’s real estate. […]

New Zealand, the far country

By |February 19th, 2013|

(Auckland) Broadly defined the Anglosphere is made up of six Christian, Western, Democratic sovereign nations where the dominant language is English. They are neatly paired into adjacent countries on three continents- the United Kingdom and Ireland in Europe, the United States and Canada in North America, New Zealand and Australia in the continent named for the latter. Roughly four hundred million people live in these countries, the vast majority of them in the U.S. and the U.K. […]

Hillary, Barack, and Lance Armstrong

By |February 3rd, 2013|

(‘76 Contributor) Considered a cancer-surviving “bad*** on a bike,” it turns out Lance Armstrong is just a bad guy — and a fraud. Armstrong”s admission that he doped his way to seven Tour de France titles even prompted CBS News CEO Jeffrey Fager to Think Again about his network”s role in the “Miracle Man”s” narrative. “We helped create the myth,” he acknowledged, because “we wanted to believe this absolutely inspirational story. But we were duped.” […]

How two fathers lost their sons to jihad

By |December 16th, 2012|

Editor’s Note: Army Private Andy Long was gunned down by homegrown jihadist Carlos Bledsoe (who had taken the name Abdulhakim Muhammad after training with Al Qaeda in Yemen) at a Little Rock recruiting station on June 2, 2009. After federal prosecutors declined to bring charges, the killer was convicted in Arkansas state court and is now serving 12 consecutive life terms. The two men’s fathers, Daris Long and Melvin Bledsoe, spoke at Centennial Institute on Dec. 10, 2012, to promote the new documentary film about their experience, ”Losing Our Sons.” Daris Long’s remarks were as follows: […]

Americans must take Geert Wilders’ warning seriously

By |November 26th, 2012|

Editor’s Note: Researcher and analyst Bill Coates, writing from western Colorado, responded to the recent Geert Wilders essay in Centennial Review, “Marked for Death Because I Dared to Criticize Islam” (November 2012), with the following commentary keyed to Wilders’ warning, “My American friends, make no mistake. Islam is also coming for America.” […]

Think again: America must revive ‘peace through strength’

By |September 27th, 2012|

(‘76 Contributor) American revolutionary Patrick Henry famously declared, “Give me liberty or give me death!” This month, furious mobs throughout the Islamic world decree death, a sentence they imposed on four Americans in Libya, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens — the first U.S. ambassador murdered in the line of duty since 1979. Before buying the spin that the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was a spontaneous response to an anti-Islam video, Think Again. […]